Welcome to our worship service. The Order of Worship follows:
Ascension of the Lord Sunday May 16, 2021
A Service of the Word
Gathering to Worship
*standing as able
Bold print indicates congregation in unison
PRELUDE The First Song of Isaiah (Sue Lamm/Organ) ~ Jack Noble White
You may light candle at home if you wish
*CHORAL INTROIT All Hail King Jesus ~ TFWS #2069
All Hail King Jesus! All hail Emmanuel, King of kings, Lord of lords,
bright Morning Star. And throughout eternity, I’ll sing your praises;
And I’ll reign with you throughout eternity.
*CALL TO WORSHIP
In awe and wonder, we lift our eyes to the heavens.
We raise our songs of joy to the Ruler of all time and space.
We gather to remember the One who shared our life, who died, rose to new life, and now sits at God’s right hand.
We celebrate the sacrificial life and redemptive work of Jesus, the One we
worship and adore, the One who is now exalted, who is high and lifted up!
We come to be refreshed and filled with God’s Holy Spirit.
Renew us, O God, with your love, grace and power!
Strengthen us to be your witnesses everywhere!
*HYMN OF PRAISE Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise #312
*OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, your promise of the Holy Spirit is for us as well as for generation past. Let your blessing fall on us while we are together, clothing us with your Spirit that we might be your witnesses through your church, Christ’s body. May the hope that is ours through Jesus, our risen and glorified Lord, be spread among our community and beyond, that others might be transformed by your love, grace and forgiveness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed #881
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYER CHORUS Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus #349
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Proclaiming and Responding to God’s Word
THE EPISTLE LESSON Acts 1:1-11
HYMN OF RESPONSE Rejoice, the Lord is King (v. 1, 2) #715
THE GOSPEL LESSON Luke 24: 44-53
This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
AN OFFERING OF MUSIC Honor and Praise (Sue Lamm/Organ) ~ Twila Paris
BLESSING OF GOD’S TITHES and OUR OFFERINGS
*THE DOXOLOGY (Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow) #95
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
SERMON Present, Yet Unseen
PRAYER OF DISCIPLESHIP
Going Forth to Serve
*HYMN OF DISCIPLESHIP Crown Him with Many Crowns #327
*POSTLUDE Let All Things Now Living ~ Trad. Welsh
We follow Christ, our Light, into the world to serve God and neighbor.
Hymn Selections for the service are from The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House), 1989 and The Faith We Sing (TFWS) (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000).